Matthew 4:1-11Â – First Sunday of Lent â€“ for Sunday, March 9, 2014
â€œThen Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil . . .â€ (Matthew 4:1)
Once, when about ten years old and visiting our grandparentâ€™s farm, Grandma protected my tender ears by spelling outâ€”not speakingâ€”a terrible word. We were in the living room, its immense picture window revealing the circular front lawn with the huge pine tree anchoring the far curve, like a massive stem on a green apple.
Grandma, voice raised to get Momâ€™s attention, said something like, â€œAnd Iâ€™ll tell you this, that man has got the . . .â€
She hesitated, glanced my way. Ah, a grandchild in the room.
Grandma, softer, continued, â€œHeâ€™s got the D-E-V-E-L in him.â€
The farm was a paradise for children, with its expansive fields and orchards. Bear Creek meandered beside a pasture. There were placid cows and feral cats, swooping hawks and sneaky rabbits. Grandma desired the farm, and her words, to be safe for her brood of forever visiting grandchildren. Continue reading →